The Land Before Time IX: Journey to the Big Water


The ancient seas...

home to so many

wondrous creatures--

creatures both small...

and very, very large.

Millions and millions

of years ago...

these creatures swam

in the warm oceans...

that covered most of our planet.

The oceans were strange...


and very dangerous.

And the world above

was dangerous too.

Creatures were at risk,

not only from the predators

who would eat them--

but also from the

ever-changing weather patterns

and natural disasters...

that plagued their world.

But even during this time

of heavy rains and harsh

natural disasters...

there was a place that dinosaurs

could live in peace and harmony.:

the Great Valley.

But the Great Valley was also

having some very bad weather.

When is all this skywater

gonna stop, Grandpa?

I don't know, Littlefoot.

Grandma and I have never seen

so much of it before.

Me neither, especially

all over the ground like this.

Gee, what if it never stops?

Oh, it will, little one.

It always does.

Though I'm beginning

to have my doubts.

Oh, look.

Wow! The sky colors!


May I go play

with my friends now?


Of course, Littlefoot.


Just don't go too far...

until we know

what all this skywater

has done to the valley.

I won't.

See ya later.


Hey, Cera! Want to

race me over to

Ducky's and Spike's?

I can't, Littlefoot.

I've gotta help my father

move this tree.

It fell right

on top of our

sleeping place.


Sorry, Littlefoot.

I could help.

Well, thanks for the offer,


but my daughter and I are fully


of doing the job ourselves.

Okay, Cera.

Then I'll see ya later?


Okay, well, bye.

I'll just have to race myself

over to Ducky and Spike's.

Ready, set, go!

Hey, Ducky, Spike,

where are you guys goin'?

Hi, Littlefoot.


Mama says we have to move because

the skywater...

has made our nesting place

too squishy.


Me and Spike really like it.

Well, maybe when you're

done moving, we can all do

something together.

Oh, yes, like play in

all this squishy mud.

Squishy, squishy, squishy.

Then I'll... see ya later?


Squishy, squishy, squishy.


Squishy, squishy.

Squishy, squishy.

Ducky, Spike, stop squishing

in that mud and come along.

We have a nest to build.

Uh, um, coming, Mama.

Squishy, squishy, squishy.


Hello? Petrie?

You up there?

Me up here, Littlefoot.

But me no can play today.

Me got sniffles from having wet feet.

Ooh, me got to learn

how to fall softer.

Gee, do you think

you'll be feeling better soon?

Oh, yes. Me feel

much better by tomorrow.


Or maybe not.

# It's boring, boring

really, truly boring #

# When you have to be alone #

# When you need some friends #

# To play Let's Pretend #

# But they have

to stay at home #

# It's time for an adventure #

# And you want to go exploring #

# But it's just no fun #

# To be the only one #

# No, it's really, truly

very boring #

# It is boring, boring

really awfully boring #

# When you have

to build your nest #

# When you push and shove

from below and above #

# And you don't have

any time to rest #

# When the friends

you want to be with #

# You have to keep ignoring #

# It can make you sad #

# It can make me mad #

# 'Cause it's very

very, very boring #

# When there's nowhere

you can go #

# And there's

nothing fun to do #

# Then the day

goes by so slow #

# And you feel like your

feet are stuck in goo #

# It's boring, boring

very, very boring #

# When you have a cold

in your beak #

# When you have the sniffles #

# And your head is

full of whiffles #

# And you can't be

flying for a week #

# When all you do is sneeze #


# And lay around all day snoring #

# There's nothing you can say #

# But just for today

it's very, very #

# Very, very #

# Very, very #

# Almost extraordinary #

# Really, truly #

# Very boring ##

I'm bored.

I'm bored.

Here, Littlefoot.

Have a treestar.

All that skywater...

has made it

deliciously moist.

Thanks, Grandpa, but

I don't want a treestar.

I want to have some fun.

But, Littlefoot, you have

a whole valley out there

to entertain you.

Yeah, but what's the good

of that if I don't have anybody

to share it with?

There's no one who

wants to have fun.

I wish my mom had given me

a brother. Then I'd always

have someone to have fun with.

Now, little one, your mother

would have loved to have

given you a brother, Littlefoot.

Yes, but because

you were her only child...

you were very, very

special to her.

What's so special about

being all alone?

Ah, but

that's just it, Littlefoot.

None of us

are ever really alone.

But I feel alone.

Yes, Littlefoot, I understand.

But look around you.

Our Great Valley is so full of life.

It really is a special place...

filled with so many

special creatures.

We've got fliers...

and swimmers.

And landwalkers of all kinds.

Oh, we even have these

annoying buzzing creatures.

Wondrous, isn't it?

And just think, Littlefoot...

there might be other kinds

of creatures out there just

waiting to be discovered.

- Really?

- That's right. So, you see, Littlefoot...

in a world so full of life...

you're only as alone

as you choose to be.

Do you understand, little one?

Well, no.

Don't worry.

You will someday.

Yeah, but what do I do

for fun until then?

It's not fair.

There's nobody

to have any fun with.

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